The World Poker Tour (WPT) is officially returning to Canada. After several years of withdrawal from the Canadian market, the popular tournament is taking a seat at the tables in the Playground Poker Club, just outside of Montreal. The tournament is scheduled to begin November 23, lasting through November 27 in a 5 day grueling poker battle. It is one of the tour’s Main Events for 2012, with the winner taking the pot, and the title of Canada’s WPT Champion.
The Playground Poker Club is no stranger to major poker events. The club has been a consistently popular choice for poker players since it was first opened in 2010. Most major events that have been hosted in the Playground have had reliably high viewership, and sold out seats for play. WPT CEO Steve Heller complimented the Playground as an excellent opportunity for the tour to be welcomed back into Canada.
Participation in the tournament will require a $3,000 buy-in, while players will have options for re-entry should they face initial elimination. The tournament will be sponsored by PartyPoker.net, and expectations are that some of the world’s most famous poker players will be participating in the tournament. Some of the names cited for participation by the WPT blog include Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, and Erik Cajelais.
Canadians are invited to make the trip to Montreal to participate in the WPT event. Organizers believe that the reputation of the WPT will be enticing for poker players across Canada to register, and play against some of the world’s most famous players. Airlines are offering deals for western Canadians to fly to Montreal, while Ontarians are being provided deals to travel by train.